SERVICE DESIGN: NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a consultation on the design of community diabetes services.

The CCG’s new ini­tia­tive will work collaboratively with healthcare professionals and patients across West Lancashire in order to review the current service and highlight where it can be strength­ened. As part of the initiative, a new local dia­betes patient net­work has been estab­lished to allow individuals who under­stand dia­betes to con­tribute their views to plans for the future.

Dr Bapi Biswas, one of the GPexec­u­tive leads at NHS West Lancashire CCG said: “As well as dis­rupt­ing patients’ health and lifestyle, dia­betes can reduce life expectancy by 10–20 years mak­ing it an incredibly serious disease. This new initiative is a major step for­ward for dia­betes in our local area, but we would like insight from local indi­vid­u­als in mov­ing this forward.”

“The current service is some­what frag­mented and there is an evi­dent need for improve­ment. By work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with other health­care, dia­betes experts and indi­vid­u­als with first-hand expe­ri­ence of type 2 dia­betes, we aim to shape the future of dia­betes for the peo­ple of west Lancashire,” he added.